Couturier Rami Al-Ali launches new initiative to support Syrian talent

Couturier Rami Al-Ali launches new initiative to support Syrian talent
Ard Dyar is a series of intimate dinners. (Supplied)
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Updated 07 January 2021

Couturier Rami Al-Ali launches new initiative to support Syrian talent

Couturier Rami Al-Ali launches new initiative to support Syrian talent

DUBAI: Syrian designer Rami Al-Ali has launched a new initiative to support and celebrate Syrian talent in the region.

Ard Dyar, a series of intimate dinners, aims to encourage open conversations with well-established Syrian figures about the success or their careers.




Each gathering will be framed around a particular industry. (Supplied)

Fashion designer to the stars, Al-Ali, said: “Many people are familiar with old Syria and what it has to offer from its rich history and culture, however, few people know about modern Syria.

“The objective of Ard Dyar is to spotlight the region’s talent and to create a community that helps these budding entrepreneurs succeed.”




Ard Dyar aims to encourage open conversations with well-established Syrian figures about the success or their careers. (Supplied)

Each gathering will be framed around a particular industry. The first two dinners were about art and fashion and included guests such as Syrian artist Safwan Dahoul, Regional Director of Art Dubai Hala Khayat, and private client stylist at Farfetch, Lana Qatramiz.

Ard Dyar is derived from the Arabic word referring to a private courtyard inside a Syrian house.


Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 
Updated 18 January 2021

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

Tik Tok star Addison Rae can’t get enough of this Lebanese label 

DUBAI: US TikTok star Addison Rae stepped out in a pair of heels by Lebanese footwear designer Andrea Wazen this week.

The Beirut-based designer, who is the younger sister of Lebanese fashion influencer Karen Wazen,  launched her eponymous, celebrity-approved label in 2013 following stints with some of the most renowned footwear designers in the world, including Christian Louboutin and Rupert Sanderson. 

The designer’s impressive list of celebrity clientele covers a broad spectrum of stars, from Hailey Bieber to Tracee Ellis Ross and Jennifer Lopez to Kylie Jenner, who have all donned Andrea Wazen’s strappy sandals and stilettos.

Rae, who rose to fame doing fun-to-replicate dances, opted for the Immy mules in multi-color. The fanciful footwear features mesh lined with leather  and a cone-shaped heel. She paired it with a bright yellow sweater and mom jeans. 

It’s not the first time the 20-year-old has been seen rocking an Andrea Wazen design. 

Last month, the Tik Tok star shared an Instagram Story with her 33.2 million followers in which she was spotted wearing clear pointy-toed shoes with white-strap detailing, called the Dassy PVC pumps. 

She styled the shoes with a white shirt dress from French luxury label Louis Vuitton that featured large pockets on the sides and was tied at the waist with a matching belt.

Indeed, Rae seems to be a fan of the Wazen family’s businesses. 

In recent months, she’s also been seen wearing  sunglasses by Karen Wazen Eyewear, including a pair of “Vicky” in navy blue shades from Karen’s line, which launched in December 2018.

Meanwhile, Rae isn’t the only star who has fallen head over heels for Andrea Wazen. 

US actress Emma Roberts recently donned a blush, floral Ganni dress paired with shoes by Lebanese footwear designer.

She opted for the Denver Lavender pumps, a pair of mesh sandals with an adjustable buckle strap.

“The Kissing Booth” star Joey King is also a fan. 

The 21-year-old was spotted wearing the 90s-inspired Gloria mules for a recent press event in Los Angeles. She paired the mules with a top and matching leggings from New York-based label Lirika Matoshi and a By Far bag.